"machli"in hindi means fish. It is a vitnamese catfish, also known as "BASA".
Aaaj tikka kya hai?, mittha, thunda ya namkeen. Aaj to mummy ne Acchi tikki machli banaye hai.(Hindi, Dear).
Thank God I don't have to fetch fish from the fishermen's wharf. The nice thing you can get throughout the season, fresh or frozen. It can be pricey. Hey don't have to buy when they are. Why not buy when they are on sale and stock your freezer, unless you like fresh from the sea to the market and to your kitchen. Not posible!
This is the first time I preapared swai fish. It is light, not fishy and white fish. Very mild in taste. I was inspired to buy this fish when I went for an Indian buffet in las vegas. They had excellent fish curry sauce. But I was having an inner desire for fried fish and at the same time healthy and tasty.
So today I am preparing Swai Fish Fillet with Indian spices and a little bit of TLC(Tender, Love and care).
2 Swai/Basa fillets
Marinate the above: Ingredients
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp curry powder(optional)
1/2 tblsp ginger/garlic paste
1/2 tblsp lime juice
Note: Marinate the fish overnite. It is best to marinate overnite, as it sits wells and makes the fish tender, soft and delicious and does not taste fishy. The trick to eliminate any fish odor is by adding turmeric, ginger and garlic paste.
Did anyone now that "Turmeric" has proven to avoid "Alzheimers disease". It is true. Indian spices has been around for 1000 of years. It has lot of quick remedies. It is not a myth or a grapevine tale.
In a medium plate, take 1/2 cup to 1 cup of chick pea flour. Add necessary spice, like salt to taste, a pinch of turmeric, 1/4 tsp pepper powder, 1/4 tsp red chilli powder. Take each marinated fish, and roll them into chick pea flour , then In a medium sauce pan, add 1-2 tblsp vegetable oil as needed. When the oil is hot enough, add fish. Pan fry till they are brown on one side and then turn over on the other side. They come out so light crispy, tasty and delicious.
You have to trust me on this. A real comfort Indian way of making fish fry!